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MSNBC Math

Posted by Mike on August 29, 2007

The Larry Craig incident has sent the MSM’s collective pulse racing. Evidently they are really excited that the scandal will help their favorite party win their 60th Senate seat in the next election. Although it is plausible that Craig’s political future is in jeopardy, I think a math lesson is in order.

Even assuming that every one of this article’s assumptions is correct and that the Republican Party somehow loses the Idaho seat, there is still no way the Democrats win 60 seats. The article correctly points out that the Democrats effectively hold 51 seats at the moment. The article then claims that six Republicans are vulnerable in 2008. Okay everyone, 51 plus 6 is how much? 57. Now add Craig’s seat. That makes 58. Unless my math is wrong 58 does not equal 60. Dream on MSNBC.

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Katrina, the Aftermath: Two Years Later

Posted by Ryan on August 29, 2007

Hurricane Katrina, the most expensive hurricane in American history, wreaked its havoc on the Gulf Coast about two years ago today.  I say “about” because two days before the hurricane everybody on the weather news was saying it was going to be a disaster, especially if it hit around Lake Pontchartrain and surged over the levees.  Many people left New Orleans and the Gulf Coast because Katrina was a predicted to be a Category 4 upon landfall.  Bill Sammon notes in his book, Strategery, that Rush Limbaugh said before it hit New Orleans that if it does hit directly and there’s a huge disaster, then [the MSM] find some way to blame this on Republicans or the Bush Administration.  Voila!

No one thought that the levees would break.  Around 1800 people died across five states because of Katrina.  Thousands more were permanently dislocated to Houston or other parts of the nation.  New Orleans is still struggling, though its population is increasing 4-7 thousand every month, while Mississippi is moving forward as well. 

New Orleans had huge and unique problems, being under sea-level is one big issue.  Inept local and state governments contributed to the problems, and an impatient public lashing out at the National Guard made the scene political, when it needed not have been.  People wanted answers and a scapegoat, ie- Michael Brown, then George W. Bush.  Some even say (I being one of them) that it was the whole Hurricane Katrina affair that propelled Bush to his current lame-duck status.  Since then, $114 billion has been given to the area (a disaster area the size of Great Britain and Ireland).  Some of it was misallocated or just gone missing, which is the Federal Government’s fault since it’s our money.  But progress is being made everyday. 

The victims who are still in New Orleans complain that America has forgotten them.  I can empathize a little.  What was 9/11 to someone in Seattle, San Francisco, or even New Orleans?  I lived in Rhode Island at the time.  It seems like 9/11 was kind of like a natural disaster to them:  horrible unexpected tragedy, suffering that requires donation, assistance and prayer, as well as insight into preventing something similar from happening to them in the future.  When I hear about Katrina damage and the broken levees my heart goes out to those people, but it’s thousands of miles away and two years later– how much sympathy and pain should I still be feeling?  To them it’s real.  Living just outside the New York area, terrorism is a very real threat, and each year I know of students in my school who lost relatives at the World Trade Center on 9/11.  One has to adjust, persevere and move on.

AP photo.  NOAA map.

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Mookie’s Mahdi Mayhem Muted

Posted by Ryan on August 29, 2007

Muqtada “Mookie” al Sadr’s Shiite militia group the Mahdi Army, a militia funded by Iran to harrangue Coalition forces and Sunnis in general, has called a six-month ceasefire to reorganize, “rehabilitate,” and regroup.  In the interim, they won’t be attacking the US or Coalition forces.  That’s nice of them, but there has to be something else going on than a simple unilateral disarming and cessation of violence. 

The sudden change in their mission is puzzling.  Yet:  the US leaves dozens of Mahdi forces dead everytime they engage us, local hospitals in the Baghdad region don’t admit people hurt in Mahdi clashes to their emergency rooms, their funding from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is probabaly drying up since the IRG is feeling a financial crunch, the Surge is working in areas where the Shiite Mahdi Army has tried to stir things up since February 2006, and opposing Shiite militias are fighting back against Mahdi influence. 

Perhaps all of these things are catching up with Mookie and his merry band of Shiite revenge squads.  Either way, this summer was supposed to see a new “Tet” from Iran and the militias, but instead, Iran’s feeling the financial squeeze, France is threatening to bomb them if necessary and the largest Shiite militia Iran finds in Iraq needs to rethink its approach or face extinction.   

AP photo.

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